The Legend of Hercules (2014)

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Critic Consensus: Cheap-looking, poorly acted, and dull, The Legend of Hercules is neither fun enough to qualify as an action movie nor absorbing enough to work on a dramatic level.


Movie Info

In the epic origin story THE LEGEND OF HERCULES, Kellan Lutz stars as the mythical Greek hero - the son of Zeus, a half-god, half-man blessed with extraordinary strength. Betrayed by his stepfather, the King, and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom. Through harrowing battles and gladiator-arena death matches, Hercules embarks on a legendary odyssey to overthrow the King and restore peace … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of intense combat action and violence, and for some sensuality)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Sean Hood, Daniel Giat
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 29, 2014
Box Office: $18.8M
Runtime:
Lionsgate Films - Official Site

Cast


as Hercules

as King Amphitryon

as Iphicles

as Queen Alcmene

as Agamemnon

as Saphirra

as King Galenus/Champio...

as King Galenus

as King Tallas

as Half Face/Champion #...

as Battalion Commander ...

as Battalion Commander ...

as Fight Announcer

as Hercules (Alcides) (...

as Hercules (Alcides) (...

as Iphicles (2 years ol...

as Cockswain

as Champion #2

as Champion #4

as Champion #5

as Champion #6

as Guard/Soldier #1

as Palace Guard

as Villager

as Archer #1

as Village Leader

as Hercules' MudPit Opp...

as M.C. (Large Arena)

as Sotiris' MudPit Oppo...

as Sotiris' Mud Pit Opp...
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Critic Reviews for The Legend of Hercules

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (15)

Essentially a Monday Night Raw episode with mythological dressing.

Full Review… | January 16, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The dialogue isn't dubbed, but is written and delivered so indifferently that it might as well have been.

Full Review… | January 12, 2014
AV Club
Top Critic

[Other "Hercules" movies] at least nodded at classical mythology. Harlin's boasts a Hercules in name chiefly and banks on moviegoers' ignorance.

Full Review… | January 12, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

It delivers what it promises, which is muscular guys in skimpy clothes fighting and howling, as well as some large-scale digitally enhanced battle sequences.

Full Review… | January 12, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

The Legend of Hercules may not track, but Harlin still knows how to set up a rousing circus.

Full Review… | January 12, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

This film should be removed from theaters as soon as possible to avoid damaging the brains of people who have the misfortune of seeing it.

Full Review… | April 23, 2015
ChrisStuckmann.com

Audience Reviews for The Legend of Hercules

½

It's as if director Renny Harlin watched Gladiator and said, "Yeah, I can do that, but much worse." The plot is almost exactly a ripoff of the 2000-Best Picture winner, having the godly Hercules besmirched and thrown into the arena, where he must build a name for himself in gladiatorial combat and work the support of the crowd in order to gain his vengeance against a jealous tyrant with daddy issues. If that wasn't enough, the visual aesthetic is very much a CGI-heavy melange of 300, with the super stylized slow-mo action standing in the way for plot. A sword-and-sandals epic should not be on the verge of putting you to sleep, but Hercules goes there. Kellan Lutz (Twilight) might have the right build to fill out the character but he's too limited as an actor to do much beyond the fight choreography. The only reason to see this movie is if you're trapped on an airplane and it happens to be on. Who would have thought that the flawed Brett Ratner-directed Hercules movie would look even better?

Nate's Grade: D

Nate Z.
Nate Zoebl

Super Reviewer

The story of Hercules has graced us many times in numerous incarnations. Renny Harlin's latest turkey, The Legend of Hercules, is the myth told in the most lifeless and uninteresting way possible.
Sets look cheap. Costumes look put together from discount surplus attire. Actors don't act; they yell; all the time; every line - it's like high school kids performing bad Shakespeare without microphones. Granted, their performances are clearly the fault of the director.
Everything in this movie is a cliché, from the opening "prophecy" to the final siege in the middle of a thunderstorm set to booming Hans Zimmer-esque music. I don't understand why anyone bothered trying to make this movie and I can't fathom anyone being remotely interested in seeing it.

MovieGeek13
Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

Uninspired, wholly unoriginal, and it strays so far from the source material of Hercules that is may just be called "300: Hercules the New Recruit," because right down to it's core, this film is a rip-off of "300" in every way imaginable, right down to it's slow motion nonsense in the middle of every single action sequence. Kelllan Lutz is laughable at times as the title character and the supporting cast do not seem to know what film they are in. This has some of the worst CGI I've seen in years, as far as the standard Hollywood blockbusters go nowadays, the script is sloppily written, and it is not directed very well either, which is a shame due to who was at the helm. Renny Harlin is not the only one responsible here, but he should have chosen a different film to work on. "The Legend of Hercules" is everything you would expect it to be and less. If you can accept how bad the effects are, you can have some fun with the action and dumb dialogue, but that's about it. This is a truly bad film.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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